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Hilton's (William H.) Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852
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  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
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  • Conditions Governing Access

  • Contributing Institution: Library and Archives at the Autry
    Title: William H. Hilton's Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852
    Creator: Sherman, E. A., Major
    Creator: Hilton, William H.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.734
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)
    Date: 1906 October 1
    Language of Material: English .

    Biographical Note

    In San Diego, military supplies were unloaded from ships onto the wharf and transferred to the New San Diego Depot, where they were then transported by pack or wagon train to Fort Tejon, Fort Mohave, San Luis Rey, Chino, Santa Ysabel, San Bernardino, Fort Yuma, and other places. A line of pack trains across the desert was successfully established in 1851 by William H. Hilton, who carried supplies from San Diego to Fort Yuma for some time, under contract.

    Scope and Contents

    This is a typed copy of a letter from William H. Hilton written to Major E. A. Sherman on 1906 October 1, recounting a pack, or wagon, train trip Hilton made for the U. S. Government from San Diego to Fort Yuma in 1852. The letter mentions an earthquake in Fort Yuma, Kearny's expedition, Spanish missions, and the influence of Jesuit fathers on the Native Americans.
    The date reflects when the original letter was first written, not the date the copy was created.

    Preferred Citation

    Text: William H. Hilton's Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852, 1906 October 1, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; MS.734.

    Processing History

    Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 16, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).


    Donated to the Library as part of the Munk Library of Arizoniana, before 1931.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Museum of the American West. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Research Services and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Museum of the American West as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit https://theautry.org/research-collections/library-and-archives  and fill out the Researcher Application Form.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wagon trains
    Pack transportation
    Fort Yuma Reservation (Ariz. and Calif.)
    United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Fort Yuma Agency
    Diegueño Indians.
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Pasqual, Battle of, Calif., 1846
    Overland travel
    Transportation, Military
    Indians of North America -- California
    Missions -- California
    Kearny's Expedition, 1846